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Assistant/Associate Director, Annual Giving/Director, Special Engagement

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at www.hamilton.edu/about.

Job Description and Responsibilities

Class Management 
Hamilton College’s Annual Giving program relies on the class-based management of volunteers to meet Annual Fund dollar and donor goals. Staff members engaged with classes have substantial influence on current and future fund performance and overall alumni engagement. Accordingly, the Associate Director will:

  • Manage 20 classes, 1980-1999, seeking 50 percent or more aggregate participation in giving and increasing dollar performance. Management includes:
    • Volunteer recruitment, volunteer management and accountability, solicitation planning and execution; volunteer and class stewardship.
    • Communications drafting for Class Gift Chairs and other written solicitation messages for unrestricted gifts.
    • For reunion classes, collaborate with the Director, Reunion Giving to assist with committee-member recruitment and the execution of strategies to meet dollar and donor goals.
    • Ensure 100 percent participation in giving from officers and volunteers for all classes managed.
    • Travel (at least one trip/quarter) to meet face-to-face with donors and volunteers in all classes managed in support of above objectives.

“Specials” Prospect Management Program 
The Specials are an important group of approximately 1,000 rated but unassigned-to-a-major-gifts-officer donor prospects with targeted ask amounts of $1,000-$2,499. They are above-average with respect to giving potential and potential engagement with Hamilton, as reflected in internal evaluation metrics. Accordingly, the Associate Director will:

  • Supervise the periodic review of candidates for Specials status.
  • Manage the assignment of all Specials to Annual Fund Officers (AFOs).
  • Develop programming and measurements for the management of Specials by AFOs, including personal visits and stewardship activities (anniversary cards, thank-you cards, etc.).
  • Create an overall solicitation strategy for Specials, integrating it into the overall Annual Fund program, including direct-mail and email message segmentation and treatment during phonathons.
  • Coordinate with the Director, Annual Fund Leadership Gifts to manage the transition of Specials to 1812 Leadership Circle-coded status.
  • Identify and manage a personal portfolio of Specials, measuring solicitation results.


  • Minimum of two years’ experience in development or a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; master’s preferred
  • Demonstrated results orientation
  • Program management experience preferred
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, paying close attention
  • to detail while meeting deadlines
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office required
  • Capacity to master new software, especially the Reeher Platform and the Datatel Colleague/Advancement database
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work well within a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Commitment to personal growth and development is highly desirable
  • Disposition to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently and to work on weekends during on-campus alumni events


Please review Hamilton's Benefits Summary for more information.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references to apply@hamilton.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Posted 07/09/2014

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